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I have a video of a music performance that I downloaded online, and want to extract the audio so that I can store it as a music file. It's a MOV file with the Codecs - "XVID, MPEG Layer 3." What software should I use for best results?

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I can't tell you about best results, but for some results:


VLC has a GUI and a Wizard. ffmpeg and mplayer example here.

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mankoff, with VLC, I don't see a way to exclude the video. Even if you don't choose the option to transcode the video, it will be included in the output in its original format. Am I missing something? – Alessandro Vernet Jul 5 '11 at 0:59

If it is a MOV file which you can open with QuickTime Player, open it QuickTime Player 7, an optional install in Snow Leopard, and then go to File -> Export, and choose Sound to AIFF for instance. The resulting AIFF file can me converted back to MP3 or AAC with iTunes, for instance.

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Looks like I need Quicktime Pro for this, as File -> Export is grayed out and there is a PRO label next to it. – bpapa Dec 1 '10 at 14:16
I see. I don't have QTPro, and it works for me; I discovered it's because I have one of the Pro Apps (, which seems to unlock QTPro'd features. – Jean-Philippe Pellet Dec 2 '10 at 9:06
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Wound up using Audio Hijack Pro for this, was incredibly simple.

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